books to read

Chinua Achebe, Things fall apart
David Almond, Skellig
David Almond, Kit’s wilderness
Janet S. Anderson, The last treasure
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
Julie Andrews, The last of the really great Whangdoodles
Jane Austen, Sense and sensibility
Avi, Never mind!
Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Dave Barry, Peter and the starcatchers
Dave Barry, Peter and the shadow thieves
Ishmael Beah, A long way gone
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Gene Brewer, On a beam of light
Steven Brust, The sun, the moon, and the stars
Albert Camus, The stranger
Willa Cather, Death comes for the archbishop
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
Joseph Conrad, Heart of darkness
Sharon Creech, Walk two moons
Gillian Cross, Wolf
Roald Dahl, The BFG
Roald Dahl, Boy
Roald Dahl, James and the giant peach
Ellen (ed.) Datlow, Black heart, ivory bones
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Meindert DeJong, The wheel on the school
Clare de Vries, I & Claudius
Kate Dicamillo, The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane
Charles Dickens, Oliver twist
Gordon Dickson, The dragon and the George
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and punishment
Alexandre Dumas, The man in the iron mask
Alexandre Dumas, The three musketeers
Alexandre Dumas, The count of Monte Cristo
Ralph Ellison, Invisible man
Nora Ephron, I feel bad about my neck
Nancy Farmer, The sea of trolls
Jasper Ffore, The Eyre affair
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Jonathan Scott Fuqua, Darby
Stella Gibbons, Cold comfort farm
Patricia Reilly Giff, Pictures of Hollis Woods
Julia Glass, Three Junes
William Goldman, The silent gondoliers
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of rivals
Anthony Gottlieb, Dream of reason
Gery Greer, Max and me and the time machine
Tim Harford, The undercover economist
Joanne Harris, Chocolat
Miles Harvey, The island of lost maps
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The scarlet letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The marble faun
Joseph Heller, Catch-22
Mark Helprin, A city in winter
Ernest Hemingway, The old man and the sea
Karen Hesse, Out of the dust
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
Polly Horvath, The trolls
Khaled Hosseini, The kite runner
Victor Hugo, The hunchback of Notre Dame
Victor Hugo, Les miserables
Aldous Huxley, Brave new world
David Ives, Monsieur Eek
James Joyce, Portrait of the artist as a young man
Sue Monk Kidd, The secret life of bees
Soren Kierkegaard, The sickness unto death
Rudyard Kipling, Just so stories
John Knowles, A separate peace
E.L. Konigsburg, The outcasts of 19 Schulyer Place
D.H. Lawrence, Women in love
Ursula K. LeGuin, The wizard of Earthsea
C.S. Lewis, The problem of pain
John Locke, An essay concerning human understanding
Barry Lopez, About this life
Rose Macaulay, The towers of Trebizond
Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Karl Marx, Communist manifesto
David McCullough, 1776
Robin McKinley, Door in the hedge
Claire Messud, The emperor’s children
Greg Mortensen, Three cups of tea
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
Donna Jo Napoli, Bound
Irene Nemirovsky, Suite Francaise
Marion Nestle, What to eat
William Nicholson, Shadowlands
Mary Norton, The borrowers
Mary Norton, Bed-Knob and Broomstick
Joyce Carol Oates, The gravedigger’s daughter
Linda Sue Park, A single shard
Katrine Paterson, The great Gilly Hopkins
Philippa Pearce, The little gentleman
Philippa Pearce, Tom’s midnight garden
Richard Peck, The teacher’s funeral
Lynne Rae Perkins, Criss Cross
Sidney Poitier, The measure of a man
Michael Pollan, Omnivore’s dilemma
Philip Pullman, I was a rat
Ellen Raskin, The westing game
Richard Restak, Mysteries of the mind
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping: A novel
Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Pam Munoz Ryan, Esperanza rising
Carl Sagan, Contact
Felix Salten, Bambi: A life in the woods
W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz
Brian Selznick, The invention of Hugo Cabret
Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
William Shakespeare, Twelfth night
Bernard Shaw, Androcles and the lion
Vaclav Smil, Enriching the earth
Lemony Snicket, The austere academy
Lemony Snicket, The miserable mill
Jerry Spinelli, Milkweed
Johanna Spyri, Heidi
William Steig, Shrek!
John Steinbeck, The grapes of wrath
Rory Stewart, The places in between
Robert Louis Stevenson, The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Bram Stoker, Dracula
James Surowiecki, The wisdom of crowds
Nassim Taleb, The black swan
Alfred Tennyson, Idylls of the king
Eve Titus, Basil of Baker Street
Stephanie S. Tolan, Surviving the Applewhites
Leo Tolstoy, War and peace
Lynne Truss, Eats, shoots, and leaves
Mark Twain, The adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain, The adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Jules Verne, 20,000 leagues under the sea
Jules Verne, Around the world in 80 days
Josh Waitzkin, The art of learning
Jeannette Walls, The glass castle
Sarah Weeks, So B. It
Elie Wiesel, Night
Frank Wild, Shackleton’s last voyage
Jeanette Winterson, Tanglewreck
Elvira Woodruff, The ravenmaster’s secret
Patricia Wrede, Mairelon the magician

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